The reality is, all of us are lifelong learners. What’s even more of a reality is that when we were born, we pretty much know nothing at all. We don’t just start existing in this world with some knowledge being carried in our minds. Have you ever heard of a newborn baby presenting something the family has no knowledge of and then share it to the world? And yet in some circumstances, parents do learn from their children from Day 1.1
We don’t learn things new until we discover them in our lifetime. The discovering of “new knowledge” always starts with our parents, our elders in the family, even the society that we live in. I would probably say that life always starts with us knowing nothing, until someone teaches us this new type of knowledge or us actually discovering it, whether if it was a lifelong secret or something brand-new that we could invent and present it to the world.
On another perspective, I would also like to say that once I’ve harnessed that new knowledge and sharing it to those who were not aware, somehow I also feel like I’m beginning to not know anything again, just like the beginning. It’s rather hard to explain, even in writing, but I do feel like if a new type of knowledge is shared throughout the masses and eventually becomes common knowledge, then it feels as if I no longer know that particular knowledge anymore. One new knowledge becomes common knowledge, and once again, I feel that I no longer know anything at all.
Therefore, no matter how much you learn, how much you dedicate your time to studying that particular kind of knowledge or any new knowledge yet to be discovered, in the end, you realize that you’ve always known nothing. Does that make any sense at all?
Renowned Asian-American poet EJ Koh simply expresses all of this with just one tweet.
On the sidenote...
- things such as the difficulty to raise a child, for example. [↩]